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The Miami Herald's Armando Salguero refuted a report by Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline that the Dolphins are "locked in" on Western Kentucky OG Forrest Lamp at No. 22 overall.

"[B]arring the collapse of the Dolphins draft board and Western civilization, sources insist picking a guard in the first round is not what Miami wants to do," Salguero wrote. The reporter wrote that this sources indicate the Dolphins aren't entering Thursday with an intention "to draft a guard in the first round." Pauline had reported last week that the Dolphins were "locked in" on Lamp in Round 1.
Apr 26 - 12:26 PM

An NFL scout told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel that Western Kentucky OL Forrest Lamp "[m]ight be the toughest guy in the draft."

"He probably is maxed out (physically), but guys like that play," the scout said, who then added the emphatic caveat, "But (expletive), no, he’s no first-rounder." Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline reported earlier this week that the Dolphins are "locked in" on Lamp at No. 22, which would be a no-no for this particular scout. Another evaluator called the 6-foot-4, 309-pounder "the best interior prospect" in this position pool, but also said (sans expletive) that "[i]deally, you don’t want to take a guy like that in the first."
Apr 25 - 6:59 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline reports that the Miami Dolphins are "locked in" on Western Kentucky OL Forrest Lamp for Day 1.

Pauline hears that if Lamp is either already off the board or there is a strong pass-rushing prospect still available at No. 22, they may wait until the second round or thereabouts to draft offensive line help. The analyst relays that Pitt G Dorian Johnson and Utah G Isaac Asiata would be two potential second-round targets for the team. Should they land Lamp in the first round, they would likely focus on pass-rusher come Day 2.
Apr 24 - 12:25 PM

According to Ravens beat writer Jeff Zrebiec the team hopes to build a "dominant" offensive line like the Cowboys.

This screams Forrest Lamp to us, after the team lost Kelechi Osemele prior to the 2016 season and starting center Jeremy Zuttah and right tackle Ricky Wagner this offseason. That is a lot of experience. Lamp can play center and guard, and some teams might even keep him at tackle. He might be the Ravens' version of Zack Martin. Garett Bolles and Cam Robinson are also possibilities.
Apr 24 - 10:39 AM

An AFC executive says Western Kentucky OL Forrest Lamp is the "real deal."

"If he can snap, you could get away with playing him all up and down the line," the scout said. "Great feet, strong, smart." NFL Media's Lance Zierlein likens Lamp to Zach Martin, another dominant collegiate tackle who shifted to guard in the pros. "[Lamp] has the athleticism to handle athletic interior rushers while being able to fit into diverse rushing attacks that ask more from the guards and centers," Zierlein wrote. "His ability to potentially line up at tackle, guard or center will only increase his value." Rotoworld's Josh Norris ranks Lamp as the class' No. 10 overall prospect.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 18 - 1:36 PM

Western Kentucky OL Forrest Lamp visited the Texans on Wednesday.

The Texans have needs at both guard and tackle, and Lamp is a premier prospect at both spots. Rotoworld's Josh Norris ranks him as the class' No. 10 overall player. "I’d give Lamp a shot at left tackle, and if it doesn’t work out move him inside," he wrote. "It seems the NFL is set on making him a guard or center, and likely the first of that group off the board."
Apr 13 - 3:59 PM

Western Kentucky T Darrell Williams has private workouts scheduled with the Baltimore Ravens, Atlanta Falcons and Tennessee Titans.

We know that Williams has already met with or worked out for the Los Angeles Rams, Los Angeles Chargers, New Orleans Saints, Indianapolis Colts and Carolina Panthers. Williams may draw interest later on in Day 3 amid this weak crop of tackles.
Apr 5 - 6:01 PM

The Falcons will put WKU OL Forrest Lamp through a private workout, according to Vaughn McClure.

The team needs a new starting right guard after the retirement of Chris Chester. Lamp lived at left tackle when playing for the Hilltoppers, so not only would a guard transition be a projection, but even more so on the right side. Some teams will also view Lamp as a center. We think he will be off the board by pick No. 31.
Apr 5 - 9:38 AM

The Los Angeles Rams, Los Angeles Chargers, New Orleans Saints and Indianapolis Colts met with Western Kentucky T Darrell Williams prior to his pro day.

In addition, Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline passes along word that the Panthers have put the 6-foot-5, 310-pounder through a private workout. Fellow OL Forrest Lamp has drawn the bulk of the interest among Hilltopper offensive linemen during the draft process, but Williams was a rock on the line in his own right and could potentially land as a selection late on Day 3. More realistically, though, he will probably have to claw his way onto an NFL roster through undrafted free agency.
Mar 29 - 2:31 PM

Western Kentucky senior basketball forward Justin Johnson is practicing with the football team this spring.

Johnson saw initial interest from Western Kentucky as both a tight end and a forward during the 2014 cycle. He ultimately opted to pursue his basketball dreams. This past season, the 6-foot-7, 240-pounder was a 31-game starter for the Hilltoppers. A determination as to the feasibility of a football future will be made after team and player meet at the end of spring practice.
Mar 29 - 2:17 PM

Western Kentucky OL Forrest Lamp had dinner with the Los Angeles Chargers before his pro day on Monday.

In addition to the Chargers, Lamp has seen interest from the Falcons, Panthers and Titans. That trio of squads has put him through private workouts. Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline reported last week that the Packers, Vikings and Seahawks are also intrigued by the 6-foot-4, 309-pounder's potential. While Lamp's most likely NFL position would probably be guard, Pauline relays that "several teams" believe that center might be his snuggest fit.
Mar 29 - 1:52 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compared Western Kentucky WR Taywan Taylor to Minnesota Vikings WR Stefon Diggs.

Zierlein refers to Taylor as a "[h]igh floor [player] with the potential to be an above-average slot receiver in an offense that recognizes his flexibility." The 5-foot-11, 203-pounder came through with a 4.50-second 40-yard dash time at the Combine in Indianapolis and additionally logged a broad jump of 11 feet and a vertical of 33 1/2 inches -- he bumped that mark to 38 inches on pro day. Rotoworld's Josh Norris is a big backer of Taylor's pro potential.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 28 - 5:19 PM

Western Kentucky WR Taywan Taylor improved his vertical jump from 33.5-inches at the NFL Combine to 38-inches at the school's pro day.

Taylor already tested in the 82nd percentile in Indianapolis, so this will only help his evaluation. Taylor stands under 6-feet tall, but he can win in contested situations thanks to his long arms and leaping ability. You all know he is one of Josh Norris' favorite prospects in this class.
Mar 27 - 11:21 AM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline reports that the Packers have interest in Western Kentucky OL Forrest Lamp.

Pauline writes that Lamp is being viewed more and more as a solid bet for the first round, meaning that if the Packers wanted to take the plunge, they would likely need to do so at pick No 29. That is assuming that Lamp is even around by the point. Pauline additionally passes along that both the Vikings and Seahawks are keen on the 6-foot-4, 309-pounder. The Falcons, Panthers and Titans have all put Lamp through private workouts.
Mar 25 - 3:14 PM

Western Kentucky redshirt senior RB Leon Allen (knee) has received medical clearance to participate in spring practice.

Allen was awarded a sixth season of eligibility courtesy of a medical redshirt in early March of 2016. He missed almost the entirety of the 2015 campaign due to a knee injury and did not play in 2016 as he continued his rehab. During a healthy 2014 season, the 6-foot, 235-pounder rushed for 1,542 yards (5.7 YPC) and 13 touchdowns while catching 51 passes for 476 yards and three additional scores. It is too early at this juncture to determine just how he will fit into Western Kentucky's plans in 2017. If he can survive spring practice with no health setbacks, that would be a good first step.
Mar 21 - 4:51 PM


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